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South Carolina
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Battleship | U.S.A. | Tier III
Tech Tree Position
St. Louis
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Wyoming
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General
Research price2800 exp
Purchase price309,000 Credits
Hit Points29,000 
Main Battery
305 mm/45 Mk54 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range14.24 km.
Maximum Dispersion202 m.
HE Shell305 mm HE 
Maximum HE Shell Damage4,100 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell20 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity823 m./s.
HE Shell Weight394.6 kg.
AP Shell305 mm AP 
Maximum AP Shell Damage8,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity823 m./s.
AP Shell Weight394.6 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
76.2 mm/50 Mk422 х 1 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell76 mm HE 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,100 
Initial HE Shell Velocity823 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
76.2 mm/50 Mk422 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second66 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed15.84 knot
Turning Circle Radius480 m.
Rudder Shift Time13.1 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range13.86 km.
Air Detectability Rangekm.
Battle Levels
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III
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South Carolina — American Tier III battleship.

The first dreadnought in the U.S. Navy. Due to limited dimensions, the ship carried relatively weak armament and had a low speed. Battleships of her class were the first to receive superfiring turrets. This meant she could fire a full broadside with all main battery guns.

Modules

Main Battery Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Dispersion
(m)
Maximum HE Shell Damage
(HP)
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
(%)
Maximum AP Shell Damage
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
305 mm/45 Mk52452024,100208,100 036,000
Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
South Carolina (A)29,000103054220 070,000
South Carolina (B)31,7001030542040 1,400150,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk3 mod. 1014.2 022,000
Mk III mod. 21015.7 70076,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 16,000 hp15.8 017,000
Propulsion: 17,600 hp18 30040,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

The first battleship in the American tech tree, South Carolina is a fairly decent ship. For her tier, she has quite good armor and range, which prove to only be a problem when she faces higher tier ships. South Carolina is one of the first ships in the game to feature superfiring main turrets which allows for maximum firepower while not showing the full broadside of the ship. She does have severe limitations, however, when it comes to her top speed — a pattern that is repeated with the succeeding U.S. battleships until the Tier VIII North Carolina — and maintains a still painfully slow top speed of only 18 knots when fully upgraded.

Players who want to do well with her must utilize her strengths. She is not a long-range sniper; she is a brawler. Make sure that South Carolina is always headed towards the fight. Load AP shells and citadel cruisers and battleships at close range; turn away and kite once the enemy begins to give chase. Don't be afraid of destroyers; blast them with a broadside and turn away in anticipation of their torpedoes. Just like any other ship, it's generally best to remain with the fleet and always angle her armor from enemy battleships.

Pros:

  • Decent guns for tier: receives eight 305mm guns with best-in-tier range and better handling than some of her counterparts (such as Kawachi).
  • Superfiring turrets: can train at least half her guns in any direction, and bring all eight guns to bear on most aspects for a broadside.
  • Good armor for tier.
  • Good turning radius.
  • Good accuracy and penetration against broadside cruisers and battleships.
  • Longest range of all tier III battleships

Cons:

  • Struggles when up-tiered; Tier IV pack a heavier armament and are frequently faster.
  • Poor secondary armament: extremely weak AA armament though unlikely to encounter aircraft at her tier, and ineffective 76.2mm secondary guns leave her vulnerable to destroyers.
  • Abysmally slow top speed: she can make only 15.8kts stock, and not much better upgraded, making her one of the slowest ships in the game.
  • High detection range: worst detection radius of all Tier III battleships, but her gun range does mitigate this somewhat.
  • General sluggishness can be frustrating to new players who may be new battleships.

Research

Captains should first and foremost research Propulsion Mod. 2 to improve the abysmal top speed to something workable. Next captains should research Gun Fire Control System Mk3 Mod. 2 to improve the firing range of the South Carolina. Finally, captains should research Hull B to obtain more hit points and some AA guns. Researching Hull B then allows captains to proceed to the Wyoming.


The major hindrance to South Carolina’s combat potential is her speed - having a top speed of only 15.8kts (18kts when upgraded) means that most ships — including St. Louis — can easily escape her firing range. Thus, attempting to position this ship correctly can prove very difficult. As such, the propulsion module upgrade is probably the most important to unlock and mount early on to be able to perform better. Although due to the low-tier nature of this ship, it is likely that players will fully upgrade the ship in only a few battles with decent performance.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for South Carolina are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

South Carolina can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.

Signals

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery


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